Tara Brandner

A Partner in Care: Ashley, N.D., Nurse Practitioner Recognizes Value of Hospice Care

Small communities in a largely rural state, like North Dakota, have an increasing aging population with access to fewer health care resources. Tara Brander, DNP, FNP-C, family nurse practitioner with Ashley Medical Center, is on a mission to change that. Tara is one of three nurse practitioners at Ashley Medical Center, which includes a 20-bed …

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The Macy Catheter: For rapid administration of medications and fluids

Hospice of the Red River Valley uses a new technology called the Macy Catheter. This specific catheter provides quick symptom management for severe symptoms while avoiding some of the challenges of administering oral/buccal medications at the end of life. The catheter is FDA cleared for placement and use by both RNs and LVN/LPNs. The need …

Difficult Conversations: Tips for Health Care Providers on Starting the Hospice Conversation With Patients and Families

For many health care providers working in assisted living facilities, nursing homes and other environments, beginning a conversation about hospice care with a resident, patient or family member can be extremely difficult. Yet, as a trusted source of information, you can play an important role in ensuring patients are informed about—and receive—the most appropriate care available to them. First, know...